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Yoogma Business Services LLP was delighted to present the second annual Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum in India, which was a part of the highly successful In-House forum of 2010. Corporate Counsel ...

Yoogma Business Services LLP was delighted to present the second annual Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum in India, which was a part of the highly successful In-House forum of 2010. Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum 2011 bought together over 100 leading in-house counsels and head legals from both the private and public sectors in India, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Participants networked and benchmarked with experts in specific practice area featuring prominent business leaders and private practice lawyers, hosted by leading law firms.

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  • CORPORATE COUNSEL LEADERSHIP FORUM “Legal GRC, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution” 28th & 29th April 2011 Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach INDUSTRY EXPERTSAbhimanyu Singh Poonia, General Counsel, India K. Anandavasagan, Head Legal,DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd. DHFLAshok K. Barimar, VP Legal & General Counsel Kim Kit Ow, Director ICC Arbitration & ADR, AsiaJet Airways (India) Ltd. International Chamber of CommerceA. K. Srivastava, Group GM, Chief Legal Services, Kiat Seng Lee, Singapore PartnerONGC Ltd. Baker & McKenzieAmitabh Lal Das, Legal Director & General Counsel Mini vandePol, Partner (Melbourne)Yahoo! India Baker & McKenzieAnkit Goyal, Head (South-Asia) & Counsel Mrigank Sharma, Director Legal Governance, Risk &Singapore International Arbitration Centre Compliance Management Solutions Lexplosion Solutions Pvt. Ltd.Atanu Sarkar, Chief Legal OfficerTech Mahindra Ltd. Pankaj Patel, Chief Legal Officer Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd.B. Gopalakrishnan, President & Head (Law)Axis Bank Ltd. Peter Clough, Partner Osborne Clarke (UK)Bhargesh Ojha, Executive VP LegalKotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. Richard N. Dean, Partner, (Washington DC) Baker & McKenzieDebolina Partap, Associate VP & Legal HeadWockhardt Ltd. Rajas Kasbekar, Partner Little & Co.Deepak Acharya, General Counsel & DirectorProcter & Gamble India Rajeev Mukundan, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer Matrix Laboratories Ltd.Deepak Jacob, Executive VP & General Counsel, Legal& Regulatory Affairs Rohit Mahajan, Executive DirectorStar India Pvt. Ltd. KPMG ForensicDeepak Kapoor, CEO Founder & Director Ramesh K Vaidyanathan, PartnerManupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Advaya LegalGaganpreet Puri, Executive Director Rudolf Huebner, PartnerKPMG Forensic Osborne Clarke (Germany)Gobind Chandiramani, Head Legal R. L. Batta, Senior VP LegalSAB Miller India Jaypee GroupGopal Menghani, Senior VP Legal, Rea Zaiwalla, Senior LawyerLodha Group Citi IndiaHaig Oghigian, Partner (Tokyo) Sujeet Jain, Group General CounselBaker & McKenzie Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.Indranil Choudhury, Founder CEO T D Purohit, VP LegalLexplosion Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Adani GroupJyoti Pawar, Director Legal & Regulatory, Vadapalli Srinivas, Head LegalBharti Airtel Limited SBI Life InsuranceKaashif Basit, Partner Vikramaditya Khanna, Professor of LawKBH Kaanuun University of Michigan Law Co-Organizer Gold Partners Silver Partners Association Partner Media Partners
  • CORPORATE COUNSEL LEADERSHIP FORUM “GRC, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution” 28th & 29th April 2011 Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach DAY ONE : 28th April 201108.30 Registration & Morning Refreshments. 14.30 Rapid-Response Strategies for Multiple Crisis09.30 New roles & challenges for In-house Counsel in the Ÿ Structuring effective contingency plans. emerging business environment Ÿ Assessing priorities in the immediate wake of the crisis. T D Purohit, VP Legal, Adani Group Ÿ Managing internal & external communications. Panel Discussion Ÿ Assembling suitable regulatory, legislative, communication. LEGAL GRC Ÿ Developing coordinated, congruous defense strategies.10.15 Emerging Trends in Indian Corporate Governance & Ÿ Managing the board & the relationship with senior management, Protecting Investor Interests (Case Study - largest employees & third-parties. corporate sector frauds) Ÿ Undertaking prompt investigations & implementing document preservation & collection policies. India has become one of the fastest emerging nations to Ÿ Addressing business implications, including liquidity, insurance have aligned itself with the international trends in coverage,& loss of revenues. Corporate Governance. As a result, Indian companies have increasingly been able to access to newer and larger Presenter & Panel Moderator: markets around the world. But as the global environment is Rajeev Mukundan, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer changing continuously, there is a greater need of adopting Matrix Laboratories Ltd. & sustaining good corporate governance practices. Gaganpreet Puri, Executive Director Panel Speakers: KPMG Forensic Rohit Mahajan, Executive Director KPMG Forensic11.00 Refreshment & networking break11.30 Corporate Governance-Challenges for In-House Counsel Abhimanyu Singh Poonia, General Counsel India DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd. Globalization has made it easier for many companies to R. L. Batta, Senior VP Legal, see the value of good corporate governance. Jaypee Group Ÿ Limitation to arbitration powers Ÿ Interim measures / provisional Remedies Vadapalli Srinivas, Head Legal, Ÿ Privacy & Rules Applicable SBI Life Insurance Ÿ Appeal & Enforcement 15.15 Afternoon Refreshment & networking break Ÿ Be aware of local peculiarities Ÿ Drafting Arbitration Agreements with Third Party ARBITRATION Service Providers Deepak Acharya, General Counsel & Director 15.45 Current Trends in International Arbitration Procter & Gamble India Ÿ Choice of arbitration institution (ICC/LCIA & AAA/ICDR are still12.15 Legal GRC: Creating a Holistic Approach dominant, but SIAC is definitely on the up in Asia) Ÿ Choice of seat of arbitration (30% favour London; Paris & Geneva Juggling three responsibilities, governance, risk mitigation in decline; Singapore on the rise in Asia) & compliance can pose a daunting task for any in-house counsel. Counsel need to ensure that comply with anti- Ÿ Choice of law (40% favour English law, but 44% will choose home corruption laws. It is therefore imperative for organizations jurisdiction when free to do so) to understand how the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Ÿ Appointment of arbitrators (How to ensure selection of the right (FCPA) & UK Bribery Act can affect their businesses. A arbitrators) panel of Baker & McKenzie specialists will explore the Ÿ How long does it take? (11 months average for LCIA) latest developments & provide insights into the way Ÿ Evidence & witnesses enforcement in key industry sectors is being targeted. Ÿ How are arbitration tribunals dealing with the electronic Relevant local & regional compliance laws for businesses world?(see the new IBA Rules on Evidence etc) will also be discussed. Ÿ Procedure & what not to miss (How to prepare steps of Panel Moderator: proceedings & avoid surprises) Ÿ Cost (Which factors influence cost etc) Mini vandePol, Partner (Melbourne) Ÿ Examples Baker & McKenzie Panel Moderator: Panel Speakers: Kiat Seng Lee, Singapore Partner Ramesh K Vaidyanathan, Partner Baker & McKenzie. Advaya Legal Richard N. Dean, Partner, (Washington DC) Panel Speakers: Baker & McKenzie Peter Clough, Partner13.00 Networking Lunch Osborne Clarke (UK)13.45 Bridging the Gap between Legal and GRC Rudolf Huebner, Partner Mitigating risk & preventing future compliance issues are Osborne Clarke (Germany) both dependent on setting up defensible governance 16.45 How to choose the right arbitrator? & Managing Cost in Arbitration policies, before regulations force the issue. General Counsels are ideally positioned within corporations to lead Good arbitrators have experience in running an arbitration hearing, excellent analytical & reasoning skills, good writing skills, & an ability Panel Discussion important decision-making processes & help lead the way as far as implementing processes & ensuring the setting up to quickly learn complex matters. The subject matter of your dispute may mean that you want specific expertise in the arbitrator. Panel Discussion of proactive compliance measures before the next Ÿ Standard for efficient & cost effective arbitration regulatory storm hits their organization. This session will help identify the challenges that senior in-house counsels Ÿ Fixed cost arbitration procedure as well as consultants in this space are facing & the steps Ÿ Importance of speed & economy in arbitration they are taking to mitigate them. Ÿ Financial do’s & donts and billing guidelines Panel Moderator: Panel Moderator: Indranil Choudhury, Founder & CEO Haig Oghigian, Partner (Tokyo) Lexplosion Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Baker & McKenzie Panel Speakers: Panel Speakers: Mrigank Sharma, Director, Legal Governance, Risk & Bhargesh Ojha, Executive VP Legal Compliance Management Solutions Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. Lexplosion Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Ankit Goyal, Head (South-Asia) & Counsel Rea Zaiwalla, Senior Lawyer Singapore International Arbitration Centre Citi India Kim Kit Ow, Director, ICC Arbitration & ADR, Asia Jyoti Pawar, Director Legal & Regulatory International Chamber of Commerce Bharti Airtel Limited Kaashif Basit, Partner Deepak Kapoor, CEO Founder & Director KBH Kaanuun Manupatra Information Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 17.30 Closing Remarks & End of Day One To Register / Call: +91 22 2830 4000/ Fax: +91 22 2830 4086 Email: sales@ybsglobal.com / Website: www.ybsglobal.com
  • CORPORATE COUNSEL LEADERSHIP FORUM “GRC, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution” 28th & 29th April 2011 Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach DAY TWO : 29th April 201108.30 Registration & Morning Refreshments. Panel Moderator:09.15 Key Note & Opening Remarks Kiat Seng Lee, Singapore Partner Baker & McKenzie A. K. Srivastava, Group GM, Chief Legal Services Panel Speakers: ONGC Ltd. Richard N. Dean, Partner, (Washington DC) DISPUTE RESOLUTION Baker & McKenzie09.30 Examine how disputes can be resolved amicably Haig Oghigian, Partner (Tokyo) Baker & McKenzie This presentation will meet the practical needs & will allow participants to learn about different techniques of Mini vandePol, Partner (Melbourne) Baker & McKenzie amicable dispute resolution taking into account cross cultural awareness & legal considerations. 13.00 Networking Lunch Debolina Partap, Associate VP & Legal Head 14.00 Dispute Resolution Tools to Address Conflict Between “High Wockhardt Ltd. Stakes” Employees10.15 Internal & external challenges in avoiding disputes This session will focus not only on supervisory best practices to Dispute avoidance is being increasingly viewed globally, prevent disputes (& litigation), but, also on the dispute resolution tools as a smart alternative to dispute resolution. While dispute available to effectively address & resolve such disputes. avoidance does save time & costs, it is also a tight rope Ashok K. Barimar, VP Legal & General Counsel walk. Successful dispute avoidance demands striking a Jet Airways (India) Ltd. balance between conflicting interests, emotions & lots more. Against this backdrop, this session will discuss: 14.45 Mediation in High Stakes Cases: Is it effective? (panel discussion) Ÿ Strategies that can be adopted to avoid disputes. Ÿ Practical difficulties in devising & implementing such This session will explore several unique aspects of these high stakes strategies. matters & how to better prepare the participants including the Panel Discussion Panel Discussion Ÿ Benefits & pit falls of dispute avoidance mediator. This session will share insights to provide a better Ÿ The growing importance of dispute avoidance in the understanding of how complex cases can & should be handled modern world. differently from the outset. Panel Moderator: Kaashif Basit, Partner KBH Kaanuun Rajas Kasbekar, Partner Little & Co. 15.30 Afternoon Refreshment & networking break Panel Speakers: 16.00 Conflict management between Business Goals & Compliance Amitabh Lal Das, Legal Director & General Counsel with law & regulation Panel Discussion Yahoo! India Several legal issues that are bound to arise when the SLB mechanism Pankaj Patel, Chief Legal Officer acquires widespread practice. These include issues pertaining to Pantaloon Retail (India) Ltd. taxation (particularly capital gains), the use of stock lending by promoters & the applicability of insider trading regulations & the Sujeet Jain, Group General Counsel takeover code. This seeks a comprehensive identification of the Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. issues, pointing towards the need for a complete appreciation of the11.00 Refreshment networking break issues involved. Presenter & Panel Moderator:11.30 Practical methods to quickly & economically resolve disputes B. Gopalakrishnan, President & Head (Law) Axis Bank Ltd. Panel Moderator: Panel Speakers: Gaganpreet Puri, Executive Director KPMG Deepak Jacob, Executive VP & General Counsel, Legal & Regulatory Affairs Panel Speakers: Star India Pvt. Ltd. Gobind Chandiramani, Head Legal K. Anadavasagan, Head Legal SAB Miller India DHFL Atanu Sarkar, Chief Legal Officer Vikramaditya Khanna, Professor of Law Tech Mahindra Ltd. University of Michigan Law Gopal Menghani, Senior VP Legal Lodha Group 16.45 Closing Remarks & End of Day Two Vadapalli Srinivas, Head Legal Don’t miss, if you seek answers for: SBI Life Insurance New roles & challenges for In-house Counsels12.15 Managing the pitfalls in cross border disputes Legal GRC: Creating a Holistic Approach Today, many organizations, whether multinational or Bridging the Gap between Legal & GRC domestic, trade with parties around the world. It is How to choose the right arbitrator? & Managing cost in arbitration foreseeable that, on occasions, disputes will occur. When Managing internal & external challenges in avoiding disputes they do, your organizations will want to be as confident as Managing the pitfalls in cross border disputes it can be so that those disputes will be the law of a country, satisfactory to you. In a world of changing business Effective Tools to Address Conflict Between “High Stakes” models, companies also need to determine which areas of Employees their business may be most exposed to disputes & take Conflict management between Business Goals & Compliance with steps to mitigate associated risks. Law & Regulation IMPORTANT NOTE **The conference agenda is indicative in nature and is subject to changes based on the speaker’s expertise. Conference speakers may be subject to change based on their availability on the date of the conference. ‘*’- awaiting formal confirmation from the speaker. To Register / Call: +91 22 2830 4000/ Fax: +91 22 2830 4086 Email: sales@ybsglobal.com / Website: www.ybsglobal.com
  • Abhimanyu Singh is the General Counsel of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in India. In his current role, Abhimanyu isresponsible for providing legal advice across all business groups within the bank. Prior to this role, Abhimanyu worked as anAssociate with Sidley Austin LLP, New York in their Capital Markets Group where he handled various matters includingderivatives, MTN programs, public offerings etc. He has also worked with Morgan Stanley, New York in their Institutional Equity& Prime Brokerage Divisions Abhimanyu is a regular speaker at various industry & also takes guest lectures at a law school inIndia. He has a LLM degree specializing in Corporate Laws from NYU School of Law.Ashok K. Barimar is with Jet Airways since June 1999 & is currently the VP (Legal) & Counsel. Presently handlingdocumentation, litigation, Intellectual property matters & special tasks. Participated as a member of the core group during theacquisition of another airline company & also during the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of jet Airways. Barimar ensured legal &procedural compliance in starting international operations & of setting - up of overseas offices on that regard. He alsospearheaded the litigation / arbitration matter on behalf of the Company in the acquisition of another airline Barimar haspreviously has previously worked with many firms like Indian Telephone Industries Ltd, IDL Chemicals Ltd, Shriram RefrigerationIndustries Ltd, Grasim Industries Ltd, Hinduja Group & Satyam Computer Services Ltd.Having practiced as an advocate for about 3 years, Sri A. K. Srivastava joined the Legal Department of MMTC Ltd in 1978 &thereafter moved to ONGC Ltd in the year 1995. At present, he is the GGM & Chief Legal Services in ONGC Ltd. He has wideranging experience in handling commercial & service matters.As Head (South-Asia) & Counsel with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Ankit is actively involved with thepromotion of SIAC in the South-Asia & assists in case administration & undertakes research on comparative laws of arbitrationin Asia. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIARB) & the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association(SCCA). Ankit is a qualified lawyer from India, called to the Indian Bar in August 2004. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce& Bachelor of Laws degrees in 2001 & 2004 respectively from Panjab University in India. After being called to the bar heworked for four years in the Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation teams of two law firms in New Delhi, India. Prior tojoining SIAC, Ankit obtained his LLM International Business Law from the Faculty of Law ,National University of Singapore in2009.Gopalakrishnan is a dynamic & result oriented legal professional with 3 decades of experience in lagal areas encompassingBanking, Corporate, Capital Market & Business Law & Procedures. Currently designated President(Law) & Head of Law Dept &is heading the Legal department of AXIS Bank Ltd, Mumbai. A new generation Private sector bank having a total of over 937branches in India & abroad. In-depth understanding of matter related to Documentation, Structured finance, Mergers &Takeovers, Taxation Laws, Banking Laws, Suit Filings & Litigation, Civil & Criminal Laws, Recoveries of Debts, Documentation,of all types of loans & structured finances, IPR, Trade Marks & Copyright Laws, Corporate & Structured Finances. Apart fromthis, known & admired speaker in may of the National & International Conference on various subjects as also a Guest Lecturer& a Visiting faculty for many institutions on Banking Laws, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax Laws in India.Bhargesh Ojha has been in the Financial Services Industry since late 1993. He joined Tata Finance Ltd., an NBFC in December1993 as Assistant Manager. In 1997 he was elevated to Assistant General Manager. Bhargesh was also the compliance officerfor purpose of SEBI related issues of the debt related programmer of Tata finance. Bhargesh joined Kotak Mahindra PrimeLimited, a joint venture of Kotak Mahindra Finance & Ford Credit, USA in 1999 as Associate VP & was involved in setting up thelegal department of the Company. In 2002, when Kotak Mahindra Finance was granted an in-principle license to convert into ascheduled commercial bank, Bhargesh joined the project team conversion & was responsible for the legal issues in setting up ofthe bank. Bhargesh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Mumbai & a Law Degree from University of Calcutta.Debolina Partap is the Associate VP & Head Legal for the Wockhardt group in India. Wockhardt is the India’s largestpharmaceutical, biotech & healthcare provider, all combined. In her current assignment, Debolina Partap is responsible fordriving the legal corporate governance & compliance system in Wockhardt group across geographical locations in India &strengthening the International presence. Debolina Partap has been in the legal compliance system, legal solutionsmanagement & brands safety & development. Debolina partap is a Gold Medalist in LLM from Mumbai University. She is anactive member of the OPPI & CII(Pharma Unit) and a speaker in various forums. She is a member of the Legal committee of theOPPI.Deepak Acharya is the General Counsel &Director of Procter & Gamble in India. Acharya has over 19 years of experience in theFMCG sector. He is a Law graduate from the Government Law College, Mumbai, a Fellow Member of the Institute of CompanySecretaries of India & an Associate Member of the All India Management Association. Acharya is member of the ExecutiveCommittee of the Indian Soaps & Toiletries Makers Association (ISTMA); Member of the National working groups of CII onFMCG, I Legal Services & IP Owners. He is also member of the FMCG Committee, Corporate Law Committee & the BrandProtection Committee of the Federation of India Chamber of Commerce in India & member of the Secretarial Standards Boardof the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.Gagan is an Executive Director with KPMG forensic practice in India & has an experience of over 15 years in this space. Gaganhas led a large number of dispute resolution engagements including loss of profit computations, quantification of damages &claims. He has worked on various engagements in the Indian subcontinent, Europe & Middle East & has also concluded a twoyears rotation with our practice in New York. As part of the forensic team he has conducted various fraud investigations &fraud risk assessments across various industry sectors.Indranil Choudhury Founder & Chief Executive Officer. Indranil Choudhury is co-founder & CEO of Lexplosion. Indranil has over17 years of diverse work experience. He has worked as a lawyer both for in-houes legal functions as well as law firms. Beforeco-founding Lexplosion, Indranil was Head of Operations & Site Leader for Genpact (formerly GE Capital International Services)Kolkata. Prior to his business role, he headed Genpact’s India legal & compliance functions. His deep domain expertise ishugely beneficial for clients who gain from his combined knowledge as a transactions counsel & a business leader. He also hassignificant experience of working as a legal counsel for the legal process outsourcing team of Genpact providing legaldocumentation support to GE companies in the US. Indranil is an honors graduate from National Law School of India University.He has a master’s degree in law from Oxford University, where he was awarded the Felix Scholarship.K. Anandavasagan is the Head-Legal, DHFL, From 1.10.2007 to till date. Handling of a Corporate office with a full team of legalofficers. The Company has an asset base of Rs. 13,000/-cr. The Company has Pan India operation with 4 Zonal offices with 186Branches & Service centers along with International Centers viz., 1.London 2. Dubai. Anand has completed B.Sc., B.L., CAIIB,& also practiced in courts as an advocate from 25/02/1987 to 15/05/1991. Job profile: Practiced in Civil, Criminal, Rent &Revenue courts. Independently handled cases of various banks & reputed clients. Anand was a Law Officer in Punjab NationalBank From 21/05/1991 to 09/01/1998. He also worked as a Sr. Manager- Law, Bank Of India: From 20/09/2000 to 30/09/2007Kim Kit Ow was appointed as the Asian regional director for the ICC International Court of Arbitration & ICC DisputeResolution Services in December 2009. Ow is a qualified lawyer with a background in international commercial arbitration,international investment law, commercial & civil litigation, public & private international law, as well as banking, finance & wealthmanagement. She holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore & was called to the Singapore Bar.Ow has years of experience both as a practising lawyer & as an in-counsel. Although based in Singapore, Ow is responsible forpromoting ICC’s dispute resolution services throughout South & East Asia & Australasia. Ow is fluent in both English & Chinese.
  • Mrigank Sharma- Director, Legal Governance, Risk & Compliance Management Solutions. In his career spanning 17years,Mrigank has advised leading multinational & domestic corporate clients on various regulatory, contractual, commercial, trade,corporate, transactional & intellectual property issues. prior to joining Lexplosion, Mrigank served as the Counsel & ChiefCompliance Officer for GE India HQ & GE Energy Infrastructure. He also served as the Country Ombudsperson for GE inIndia. Mrigank graduated in law with honors from the National Law School of India University in 1994. Mrigank was alsoassociated with KPMG India in its Tax & Inbound Services practice as a Senior Consultant & Thereafter in its Corporate Financepractice as Counsel. Mrigank served as lead Legal Counsel for two GE businesses in India viz., GE Capital InternationalServices (now Genpact) & GE Commercial Finance Mrigank holds GE Six Sigma Quality Certification.Pankaj Patel is the Chief Legal Officer of Pantaloon Retail (India) Limited (Legal Head Future Group) since April 2003. He alsoworked with Panoramic group of companies as a Company Secretary from June 99 to March 2003. Qualification’s include,Chartered Secretary from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administration London - 2004, Company Secretary from theInstitute of Company Secretaries of India -1998, Master of Law (COMMERCIAL LAW- I & II) from Mumbai University 2002,Fellow Member of Insurance Institute of India from Insurance institute of India - 2008 & is also a Commerce Graduate fromMumbai University - 1995. Negotiation Skills, Litigation Strategies, Planning Strategies, Cost optimization & economization,Insight of Professional Academics & practical implementation are some of pankaj’s strengths.Rajas Kasbekar is a Partner with Little & Co., A full service law firm in Mumbai. She has done her Masters in Corporate Law &is a Solicitor with dual qualification (India and U.K.). She also holds a Diploma in International Capital Markets, a courseconducted jointly by the International Bar Association & the College of law, U.K. Her focus areas of practice involve advisingdomestic & international clients on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, arbitrations, capital markets & general corporateadvisory work. The World Bank & The World Justice Project each year consult her as an expert for their Doing Business & Ruleof Law Index reports. She regularly speaks & presents at national & international conferences & also writes articles forinternational publications on diverse topics of legal interest.Rohit Mahajan is an Executive Director with KPMG leading the Forensic practice in west & south India. He ia also the leadpartner for the investigation service line & has undertaken various high profile investigations in the country. Rohit also heads the Anti Bribery & Corruption services within the Forensic Practice for India. Rohit is a Chartered Accountant and his experiencecuts across all industries as well as processes with his core responsibilities falling on Infrastructure, Pharmaceutical, IT/ ITeS &Consumer markets sectors. With over 15 years of experience he has also handled projects in the areas of Financial DueDiligence & Valuation, Business Fraud Risk Review & Business Process Risk Consulting.R. L. Batta is currently working with Jaypee Group as Senior VP Legal. He has more then 35 years of rich and extensiveexperience largely in the Banking Sector-Strategic Planning, Legal Affairs, Litigation, Legal Documentation, RelationshipManagement & Liaison Work. An astute legal professional with verifiable & quantifiable year after year success with provenability to improve operations, impact business growth & manage litigations & court matters. Competent in formulating legalprocedures/drafting documents; establishing internal control measures & compliance of RBI regulatory guidelines. An effectivecommunicator with exceptional relationship management skills & adept at maintaining cordial business relations. Batta hasworked with Housing & Urban Development Corporation Ltd. (HUDCO), New Delhi (A Govt. of India undertaking) (From Oct’01till July, 2008) as a regional Chief, RO (NCR). Batta has also been with Allahabad Bank as Head of the Law Dept. 7 AGM (Law),Bank & Vijaya Bank as a Law Officer.T D Purohit has over 24 years of professional experience, including 20 years as an In-house Legal Counsel in four largecommercial organizations in Banking & Financial Services; EPC & Manufacturing; Power. Oil & Gas; & Port, Logistics & Miningin Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi & Ahmedabad. T D Purohit currently heads the legal function of the infrastructure companies of theAdani Group, a large business conglomerate engaged in generation, transmission, distribution & trading of power; operation ofPort & SEZ; logistics; exploration of oil & gas, international trade, shipping & mining, among others. T D Purohit has a longexperience in extending variety of legal support to the business of manufacturing, EPC, power, energy, logistic, banks, financialservices & mining: rendering legal opinion on day to day business issues as well as CAPEX; Preparation & execution of legalstrategy & SOPs; Claims & disputes management & litigation; M&A, JV, strategic tie-up & business collaborations.Sinivas has 25 years of experience in life insurance industry out of which about 12 years in administration. The administrationincludes finance & accounts, Personal & industrial relations, Legal & Mortgages in LIC. Sinivas joined LIC in 1986 & heldvarious positions at the lower, middle & senior level management cadre & joined SBI Life as Head-Legal in 2007 August &continues to hold the position till date. Srinivas is an M Sc (Organic Chemistry), LLB, MBA (HR), Fellow of Insurance Instituteof India, AICWA & ACs.Tokyo, Partner, Baker & McKenzie. Haig is the Asia Pacific head of the International Arbitration group & co-chair of the Firm’sLitigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Tokyo. He also has extensive corporate commercial experience, particularly inthe pharmaceutical & life sciences sector. Haig is recognized as a leading dispute resolution adviser by Chamber’s Global, AsiaPacific Legal 500 & Euromoney Expert’s Guide. Haig has represented domestic & international clients in commercial arbitration.He also advises clients on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, license agreements & distribution agreements, as well asconstruction & engineering contracts. He counsels on corporate governance, financial institutions, compliance issues, anti-dumping & countervail, technology transfer agreements, as well as other general corporate & commercial & trade law matters.Singapore Partner, Baker & McKenzie. Kiat Seng is a member of the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Steering Committee,& heavily involved in our Singapore insurance practice. He is an adjunct associate professor of the National University ofSingapore, where he runs courses on the Law of Marine Insurance & the Law of Reinsurance, & teaches Negotiations annuallyat the Practice Law Course conducted by the Board of Legal Education. Kiat Seng’s practice covers a broad range disputeresolution processes, including corporate, insurance, reinsurance & insolvency matters, including but not limited to judicialmanagement winding up, schemes of arrangement and receivership. He also advises both local and foreign listed companieson compliance & regulatory issues.Melbourne Partner, Baker & McKenzie. Mini is head of the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Group & a member of the Firm’sGlobal Compliance Group. Mini’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, insolvency, corporate compliance and banking &finance litigation. Mini also advises clients on compliance issues, including FCPA related issues, bribery & corruption risks,conflicts of interest & legal professional privilege.Washington, DC Partner, Baker & McKenzie. Richard advises on corporate compliance transactions-including mergers &acquisitions, foreign direct investments & joint ventures. Richard focuses on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) &related legislation, including US money laundering laws & their application to the activities of US companies in emergingmarkets throughout the former Soviet Union as well as in Asia & Latin America. He advises on the structuring of foreigninvestment transactions to comply with US laws & supervises the conduct of internal investigations & audits to determinecompliance with laws & regulations, including the Sarbanes - Oxley Act. Richard also advises senior management & corporateaudit committees on the consequences of such investigations & audits, including the development of appropriate defenses,disclosures, disciplinary actions & compliance policies
  • Amitabh has sixteen years of post qualification experience encompassing practising in Courts such as the Delhi High Court, theSupreme Court of India & other courts in Delhi, working with large corporate law firms in Delhi & being in-house Legal Head fortwo multinational companies. Amitabh has been the General Counsel for Yahoo in India since May 2007 & prior to that he wasDirector Legal for Sapient in India. Amitabh pursued B.A.(Hons) History & M.A. History from St. Stephens’s College, Delhi &thereafter completed LL.B from the University of Delhi in 1995. In 2000, Amitabh was awarded the British CheveningScholarship for Young Indian Lawyers & as part of that he attended lectures on British & EC Commercial Laws & Practice atthe College of Law in York & briefly worked with a law firm in London. Amitabh is also eligible to be enrolled as a Solicitor inEngland & Wales.Sujeet Jain is a qualified lawyer, company secretary & cost accountant. Additionally he has done his full time MBA fromWarwick Business School, UK. Sujeet started his carrier with a leading law firm Thakkar & Thakkar. Post his law firm stint, hejoined Hutch (now Vodafone). On his return to India, his passion for entrepreneurship encouraged him to join People Group, anew media group comprising of Internet, Telecom & Retail businesses Shaddi.com, Mauj Telecom etc. Post his 3 year stint withPeople Group, Sujeet joined Viacom 18 where he is currently working as Group General Counsel, looking after Legal,Regulatory & Corporate function for the Group & is part of Senior Management Team of the Group. Viacom 18 is a leadingentertainment company in India having Broadcasting (channels such as Colors, MTV, Nick & VH1), Film & Television Contentdistribution business.Kaashif was called to the Bar in England & Wales in1994 & began his career in Brussels with a Belgian practice & subsequentlyinternational firm, Hammonds, moving to the London office in 1996. In 2000 he joined Clyde & Co in London moving to theDubai office in 2003. In 2006 he co-founded JSA LAW, which was re-branded as KBH Kaanuun in 2010 as a boutique GCCcentric corporate / commercial firm with an existing office in Kuwait & Bahrain to follow imminently. He specialises in commercialdispute resolution, international commercial arbitration, alternative dispute resolution & insolvency as well as offshorestructuring of transactions & corporate entities. He is also one of the most active advocates in the DIFC Courts, the SpecialTribunal for Dubai World & in International Commercial Arbitration matters.Manupatra the pioneers in online legal research in India, is a leading provider of Legal, Taxation, Corporate & Business Policydatabases. As the CEO, Deepak provides the vision & direction to the team and leads the sales function along with formulatingstrategy for the company. He is also involved in the day to day functioning of the Company. With a rich professional experienceof over 20 years as an investment banker. Deepak is also a Director in Altivolus Infotech, a BPO unit which handles conversionwork for Manupatra & US based publishers. Previously, he has also worked with 20th Century Finance Corporation Ltd. (TCFC)& International Equity Partners (IEP). He was instrumental in setting up of two ventures, namely ‘Batlivala Financial ServicesPvt. Ltd. and Karani Financial Services Pvt. Ltd’.Jyoti Pawar is a Director Legal & Regulatory of Bharti Airtel Limited & a member of the Airtel Management Board Prior to Bharti,she worked as an Advocate, with Mulla & Mulla Craigie Blunt & Caroe (Solicitors and Advocates, Mumbai), for 8 years. From2000 onwards till 2008, Jyoti worked as General Counsel for GE Capital, India. Jyoti has over 16 years of extensive exposure inCivil/Criminal Litigation, Commercial Arbitration, Corporate laws, devising & implementing advisory work on company formation,promoter agreements, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, SEBI Laws, Finance Laws, Commercial and transactional work.She holds a law degree from Mumbai & a Solicitors degree from UK College of Law & is a member of the UK Bar Association.Vikramaditya Khanna is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He earned his S.J.D. at Harvard LawSchool & has been visiting faculty at Harvard Law School, a senior research fellow at Columbia Law School & Yale Law School,& a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. He is the founding & current editor of both the India law Abstracts & the WhiteCollar Crime Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network & a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He wasinvited to testify in front of both the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee & the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committeeon corporate crime related matters & recently gave a Keynote address at an International Corporate Governance Conference inBrazil. He has also been appointed Special Master in the United States in a dispute between an Indian company & an Americancompany. Professor Khanna’s papers have been published in the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Supreme CourtEconomic Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, & the Georgetown Law Journal amongst others.